Six sub county officials in Moroto district, who were last week arrested for allegedly misusing funds meant for the National Agricultural Advisory Services â€“NAADS projects, have been remanded.
The six appeared before Sunday Duncan, the Moroto Chief Magistrate on Monday morning.
They include Samuel Lokong, the Rupa sub county chief, Williams Ocodo, the sub county NAADS coordinator, and Dr Samuel Elanyu, a NAADS official of Rupa Sub County.
Others are Anthony Logil, the Tapac sub county chief, Robert Logit, former chairperson NAADS procurement committee and Patrick Olupot, the Nadunget sub county NAADS coordinator.
They were all charged individually with abuse of office and embezzlement of public funds.
The suspects are accused of allegedly defying the NAADS policy and guidelines. The officials reportedly distributed money instead of giving the NAADs beneficiaries the desired technologies as required in the NAADS policy and guidelines.
According to the charge-sheet, the suspects instead of procuring the respective required technologies like goats, chicken among others, they gave hard-cash to the beneficiaries.
The Tapac and Nadunget officials are also accused of influence peddling. They allegedly distributed the technologies only to their relatives leaving out the actual beneficiaries.
Samuel Lokong pleaded guilty to the offense while the other five suspects said they are innocent. They were all remanded to Moroto central government prison until February 2nd.